What is the .to TLD (top level domain) and Who owns it?

The .to TLD is the internet country code top level domain (ccTLD) for the country of Tonga, officially called the Kingdom of Tonga, a small Polynesian country in the South Pacific. It’s a very small country of slightly more than 100,000 people, and is not particularly advanced, so most of the more common domain names […]

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Beware of Trademarks – Be Careful Choosing Your Domain Name

I typically spend a lot of time choosing just the right domain name – trying to include the right keywords for the niche, maximizing exact domain name matching, choosing something memorable.  Over the dozens (scores?) of hours I’ve spent shopping for domain names, and studying SEO, and how it relates to domain names, I’ve discovered […]

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Lots and Lots of New Top Level Domains Coming Available

In case you haven’t heard yet, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is in the process of reviewing over 1900 applications for new gTLDs (generic top-level domains). As in man things, this is a double-edged sword. Anyone who has spent hour after hour trying to find an available domain name for their […]

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Nigerian Premium Domain Names Drop Drastically in Price

Nigerian Top Level Domain Name costs plunge

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Wow! Great Domain Names Going Up For Auction!

I just came across this news item on domainnamewire.com about an upcoming auction of some *very* desirable domain names in the .info top level doman. Apparently Afilias and GoDaddy  are going to auction off over 100 domain names that had been claimed in the .info sunrise, but that were later deemed ineligible. So, they’re going […]

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How Much Will That Perfect Domain Name Cost Me?

Is the domain name that you really want no longer available, but it’s just a parked domain at this point? Many domain names are purchased and held, as investments. Others were actually used to build websites, which have since fallen by the wayside. In either case, you may be able to acquire that perfect domain […]

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Good Reasons NOT To Host Your Website on Free Domain Hosting

I’ve already written about why you should pay for your own website hosting, and not use a free hosting service. But, I recently came across this article that gives more in-depth (and more convincing) explanations of why you should pay the few dollars a month for hosting now, in order to avoid great pains later. […]

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Where Should I Register My Website’s Domain Name?

  Choosing the right domain registration service for your new website/domain is not nearly as important as choosing your website’s hosting service, but it’s still something that warrants a little checking around. I certainly wouldn’t spend a lot of time trying to find the cheapest domain registrar, since we’re only talking about spending around $10 […]

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What’s the Best Web Hosting Service for My Startup?

Choosing the right web hosting service is a critical decision, that needs to be made very early in the life of every startup. So, where should you begin? Well, one idea may be to look around, to see what other successful startups have done. We checked around and found a great article on “The 100 […]

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GoDaddy Offers 30% Off, and an Apology for Rare Service Disruption

GoDaddy, perhaps that largest domain name registrar in the world today, has apologized for a service outage that occurred on September 10th, 2012. They said, “We owe you a big apology for the intermittent service outages we experienced on September 10”, and in a gesture of goodwill, offered a 30% discount on any new product […]

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